Former Home Health Care Worker Pleads Guilty to Theft

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An interesting case has evolved in upstate New York where a former home health care provider had been arrested and charged with larceny, with authorities claiming she had stolen more than $50,000 from a man being cared for by her in his home.

Laura L. Quicke pleaded guilty to these charges after a prolonged period of time where she was in and out of jail awaiting trial. Ms. Quicke, 45 years old, of 79 Elm St., Potsdam, New York had been held in county jail for nearly a year, even though there had been no indictment brought against her at that time.

She was released on October 6, 2015 under probationary supervision, but was then involved in an altercation with her estranged husband and his current girlfriend on December 8th. She was arrested and returned to jail.

W.T. Eckert wrote in the news article, More than $50k stolen by former home health care aide, published by the Watertown Daily Times:

“But Ms. Quicke was returned to jail on Dec. 8 for allegedly violating her release conditions, Judge Richards said at that time, when she allegedly went to her estranged husband’s home, took license plates from his truck, got into a physical altercation with him and his now girlfriend and took a cell phone and her dog from the home.”

At that time, Ms. Quicke had turned down a plea deal regarding the theft charges that would have been a third-degree larceny charge with a commuted 3 ½ to 7 years prison sentence and she would have been ordered to pay back $50,001 in restitution to her former client’s estate.

The case involves Mr. Halverson, a handicapped individual who required home care, and who received that support from Ms. Quicke. Mr. Halverson’s brother, John K., claimed that Ms. Quicke stole money from a settlement that Mr. Halverson received from Ford Motor Company following a job related incident that left him as a quadriplegic. The accident occurred in 1980.

Ms. Quicke’s plea deal that she finally entered into will still require her to repay $50,001 in restitution and she may be sentenced to between 2 and 4 years in prison. She is currently being held without bail in St. Lawrence County Jail. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 20.

Mr. Halverson’s brother also claimed that between sometime in 2007 and 2008 and through 2013, Mr. Halverson had two different bank accounts with balances of $475,000 and $666,000 “vanished.” It is unclear whether authorities are still investigating those funds or whether Ms. Quicke is a suspect in stealing more than the alleged $50,000 from her former in home care client.

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